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Methane emissions intensity declines 57% in Permian since 2011


Energy In Depth (Methane) – Data from the EPA and EIA present a true picture of what industry has done — on its own — to help reduce methane emissions:

  • The result was a 57 percent reduction in methane emissions per unit of oil and gas produced.  Based on data from the EPA and Energy Information Administration, the analysis shows that methane emissions intensity (i.e. methane emissions per unit of oil and gas produced) declined by 57% since 2011 while oil and natural gas production has dramatically increased by 125% over that same period.
  • From 2011 to 2017, methane emissions intensity in the Permian Basin – which is producing more oil than any other basin on Earth – was cut in half.
  • Overall, methane emissions from onshore U.S. oil and natural gas production fell 24 percent, while oil and natural gas production rose 65 percent and 19 percent, respectively, from 2011 to 2017, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Information Administration.
  • The United States is a global leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions – a feat that is directly attributable to increased production and use of clean-burning natural gas.

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